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10/13/04 update: Talking with manufacturer suggests noticeable difference between the optional kimber cable silver wire installed in the lower end unit versus standard copper in the md102. They suggest this causes some noticeable equalization over certain ranges that may sound alot cleaner, brighter etc to some folks, and that's why it's offered. Also, I've left the MD102 on for the last week with music through it and it "seems" to be sounding better and better, perhaps getting broken in as suggested? In some ways it seems more musical now overall though not as "bright" as noted before as kimber cabled md100 upgrade.
I caved in and upraded my tuner from the MD102 and MD100 to the MD106T - tube one with Kimber Cable silver wire. UNBELIEVABLE - it's the sound I was hoping for. I think the combination of the KKsilver accentuating the midrange with the tubes and higher build of the MD 106T is what made the difference (of course it is another $1,500 more for it than the MD102). I know the difference I heard before between the 102 and 100 was the kimber cable silver in the 100. But the 106T blows both of them away. I think I'll stay with this one for awhile. I want to thank Jim Richards at Magnum Dynalab for working through this with me, he is a super guy, spent a lot of time on the phone and emails, very patient and accomodating and willing to refund any of my purchases/upgrades if I was unsatisfied. I am very satisified with the sound of the MD106T and can't say enough about the positive customer focus shown by the MD folks.
Hammy - I haven't yet but want to. What speaker lines and models can you recommend to take it the the next level worthy of my CJ sources? I know I looked at some full planar speakers (forget the models and prices) in the early 90s but the models I looked at didn't match the dynamics of the Kef's even. Please suggest some models and prices ranges that took you to tne next level you are at today? What do I need to spend? My budget may allow 4-6 k max, perhaps I can find a good deal on used 8-12 k speakers? Still, my $ 1000 used Meridian 508.20 suggests to me that you don't necessarily have to spend 4-6K to get near nirvana...Overall I do like the "british" speaker sound , like kefs and b&w's...Thanks..lew
I hope you get a chance to Audition Silverline at a show, or at a 'gon members house. Sonata is reallt musical, like the KEFs. I've heard the Sonata I, I own the two, and the three is supposedly orgasmic. I don't want to hear it! My classical loving wife wrote a 6500 check for them, but since the III came out it's a bargain now.